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Please develop a webpage that tells us how the money we spend helps us in everyday life here on earth. What products have been commercialized using NASA developed technology. What areas are being worked on now that have applications in industry today?

Submitted by 2 years ago

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  1. I would love to see a section that highlights a different NASA spinoff technology/idea each day. You could even design a downloadable app similar to APOD. I truly believe that the majority of the people who complain that too much money is spent on NASA and space exploration in general (Congress included) would be more open to funding NASA missions if they were aware of the countless ideas and inventions we use everyday that actually came from such government funding. And it's not just everyday items either but many life-saving medical procedures and treatments (cancer treatments in particular) that have come directly and indirectly from NASA technology. Even if you have no concern about NASA's budget it is still interesting to know what amazing ideas have been inspired by space exploration.

    2 years ago
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    2 years ago
    1. NASA may still have such a magazine. I was subscribed to it at one point and the magazine was very helpful to my ventures.

      2 years ago
  3. Show the world what $.004 pays for and why the public should care. Show the world how much return on investment .4% of the budget actually gives. NASA touches our lives everyday but most people have no idea how!

    2 years ago
    1. YES! The information is there, buried in back issues of SpinOff Magazine. And NASA is failing catastrophically to show it. Which is sad, because I wouldn't expect a budget increase until the general population has a way to understand it. The web is the perfect outlet to make that happen cheaply.

      2 years ago
  4. It's there, just not well advertised: http://spinoff.nasa.gov/

    2 years ago
  5. In a lot of cases, it seems like what people want is already available, just not accessible or well-known. We need to figure out a way to connect people to the resources that are already there.

    2 years ago
  6. Agree, make this simple and in people's face. As someone that does UX and conversion optimization for a living, that belongs right in a prime 'heat map' location on the homepage, distilled as simply as possible. I can't tell you how many people I've met that have said "has NASA really done anything good for us?". And looking at this web site, it's NASA's fault for people not knowing. Even as often as I come here, I've pulled very little out of those SpinOff Magazines. People don't have the time to dig through crap, but that's going to be what matters.

    2 years ago
  7. A separate server system for spinoffs may be a better idea since the information could be easily retrieved but leave the space science and spaceflight related data on the main NASA site, WWW.NASA.GOV.

    2 years ago
  8. Instead of just showing articles of spinoffs, there should be a spinoff tree, then anyone could click on a specific spinoff an view more information about it. NASA could have a timeline bar on the homepage to show when the spinoffs started to take shape.

    2 years ago
  9. Add a page, with filters, having all the inventions that come from NASA technology that has developed over the years.

    This will show people the real importance of NASA


    Gagarin SepĂșlveda


    2 years ago
    1. In NASA's History File a section for inventions would be a good idea. Just pick a project, IE: Mercury, Gemini and etc. and see what inventions came from the project as a short example note of where it is used today. EX: APOLLO -- A.T.O.L. -- this gave us electronic computers back on generation one. Gemini was electronic/mechanical if I remember correctly.

      2 years ago
  10. Educating the general public about all that NASA research has done for us is a step toward better funding for NASA.

    2 years ago
  11. This has been a weak concept at NASA for decades. The reasons are many, but basically they hinge around the (lack of) cost/benefit analysis. No hard-nosed business person will be much convinced that Velcro, Teflon and Scotchguard ... if I remember the items correctly ... were best developed or exploited by an organization like NASA. I.e., it's not compelling to argue that because penicillin was discovered growing mold, that we should put funding into growing mold.

    To my mind, even as a teen, this was more a "smoke and mirrors" argument whose merit was difficult for the public to gauge.

    To be very pointed about the speciousness of the argument, if something very bad was accidentally discovered in the course of research, by this logic, should the research be stopped?

    There's a difference between a project that successfully meets its cost/benefit objectives, and a project that just creates results by accident. Accidental results can happen anywhere.

    2 years ago
  12. Unfortunately money is always going to be a problem, especially when people of the Earth prefer to make war with it than spend it on science. I believe that after Curiosity proves that there was indeed an extraterrestrial civilization, superior in intellect and much more technologically advance that us on Earth, money should never be a problem again. In fact, the research and discoveries that will be made on the planet Mars should unite the entire world in one direction...Mars,the study of it, and why it died.

    2 years ago

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